After the closure of the Monklands Geographic Society, it was decided to relaunch the group under a slightly different guise, and I’ve had an email from Dr Ann Glen, the Acting Secretary of the MGTS to confirm this. I only managed to attend one of the lectures under the old group, Peter Wrights ‘Ribbon Of Wildness’, so I’m looking forward to taking in some of the forthcoming lectures. Ann’s email said:
Here is information about the Monklands Geographical and Travel Society which it is hoped that you will support.‘A new society for all those interested in the environment, travel and the wider world, will be launched in Lanarkshire in October. This is the Monklands Geographical and Travel Society and its aim is to attract people eager to know more about the world, both near and far, to a series of monthly illustrated talks on Wednesdays in Airdrie. All but one of the talks will commence at 7.30pm.These talks aim to add variety to the ‘cultural scene’ in Lanarkshire and a cordial welcome is assured for all those interested in supporting the venture. The venue will be in the re-vamped Town Hall of Airdrie, convenient for both bus and rail transport. The room has easy access by lift and ramp (only three steps to be negotiated) to enter it. A kitchenette and toilet are adjacent.The talks begin on Wednesday 17 October when Chris Speight, geographer and traveller, will speak on his recent travels in Alaska and the Yukon.This is followed on 14 November with a presentation by Connoisseur Cruises on ‘Cruising off the Beaten Track’. If you have not gone cruising before, this may tempt you to try it. On 5 December mountaineer and acclaimed photographer Thom Rankin will give his presentation on ‘Climbing in the Andes’.On 16 January 2013, there will be a special presentation given to assist students of Higher Geography at which MGTS members and friends will also be welcome. The speakers will be Dr Jim Hansom of Glasgow University on ‘Coasts’ – Dr Hansom is an acknowledged expert on that subject – and a Senior Manager from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park on ‘Managing Problems in a National Park’.The 7.30 talks resume on 20 February when Bob Kyle, an enthusiast and regular visitor to Bolivia, will speak about that country. The talk on 27 March will be on ‘Myanmar – or is it Burma?’ by distinguished traveller Katie Haddock.It is hoped to arrange an excursion after the conclusion of the talks programme and suggestions will be welcome.Membership of the MGTS has been set at £10 (talks will be free to members) with non-members paying £2.50 per talk’.Please spread the word about the MGTS among your friends.Hope that you will be able to come along to the first meeting and join the MGTS.